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Paint this wagon Royal blue

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
I hate baseball. Specifically, Major League Baseball. I like to be the Baseball Contrarian. The Baseball Curmudgeon.
 

Amsterdam mayor was noted ally for FDR

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
During the 1920s, Arthur Carter of Amsterdam worked as an auditor for the state Comptroller’s Office in Albany and got to know Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt.
 

Price of history getting higher in national parks

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
In August, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis rather quietly told every park to reconsider its fees, as the agency looks to fund a $12 billion backlog of major maintenance ahead of its centennial in 2016.
 
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Union starting a new journey

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Many of the faces were familiar, some of them were not and several were conspicuous by their absence.
The sweater remains the same.
There’s a garnet “U” on the front, a number on the back and scant room for this supposed bull’s-eye that by popular opinion must be on this shirt somewhere.
 

Series trying to lure scratch bowlers

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Bowling is back with the Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York’s Huck Finn tournament series, and qualifiers for both scratch and handicap competitors are underway at area centers.
 
Some venues start season, others rev it up

Some venues start season, others rev it up

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
The Eighth Step, Steamer No. 10’s Eclectic series, and the Sanctuary for Independent Media start new seasons this week, while The Low Beat, The Egg and the Palace rev up theirs.
 

Local shooting ranges getting crowded

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
T’is the season! Sportsmen’s clubs’ shooting ranges are beginning to get crowded because of the opening of a number of firearms hunting seasons. Wednesday was the opening day of seven small-game seasons, four with fur, three with feathers.
 

Region survives state’s ‘restacking’

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
For many years in the Capital Region, if New York sneezed, we caught a cold. That seemed to be the case, too, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo decided in 2010 to cinch the state’s belt by moving office workers from leased quarters in privately owned buildings to vacant state-owned space.
 

Never a dull moment in NYC

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
If you’re like me, you hate packing for a trip more than unpacking after it’s over.
For instance, I got back from four vacation days in New York on Sunday, and it only took one day of procrastination before I emptied my suitcase. Only one.
With that vessel purged, it’s time to also unpack some random thoughts from a fun week in the Big Apple that included midweek racing at Belmont Park, raising a cold pint downtown while Derek Jeter’s Final Act unfolded in the Bronx, a few runs on iconic elements of the New York landscape and the Notre Dame-Syracuse football game at MetLife Stadium.
 

19th century inventor’s impact still felt

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The man who invented a hose-coupling device used by America’s railroads and automakers spent most of his life in Fort Plain.
 

Ballston to test new farmland program

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The town of Ballston looks like it will be the first in the state to actually adopt a transfer of development rights law as a way of protecting farmland.
 

Pizzarelli, Harris lead a busy jazz weekend

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
I was right to call this Live Jazz Month in a previous Jukebox, but wrong to list the John Pizzarelli Quartet as playing The Egg: They play the Massry Center on Saturday.
 

Goose hunt turns into limit of six squirrels

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Last Friday, after not finding a cut cornfield our local Canada geese would visit, I went home, swapped the 12-gauge for my Gamo Buckmaster .177-caliber Squirrel Terminator airgun and headed back to the cornfields. It wasn’t to hunt geese, but rather to find some bushy tails. The fields were bordered on two sides by large hardwoods, and where there are hardwoods, there are squirrels.
 

Retail effort had downtown Albany popping

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
If you missed Pop-Place in downtown Albany this month, you may get another chance to check it out.
 

Lost and found: Russo’s game, confidence have returned

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Game back on track.
 
 

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